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Find a ‘buddy’ for a new hire

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Regardless of how you orient new employees, you should pair those workers with “buddies” on your team who can help new people find their feet. How do you know who to pair up with whom? Some tips:

  • Look on either side of the workflow. It may be better to hook up new employees, not with people doing the same job, but with staffers who handle the step before or the step after. For example, partner a customer-service rep with a sales rep, or match purchasing with accounting. These are, after all, the people who you want to make sure can work together, and starting them off as partners will help build bonds.
  • Look at buddies’ career goals. Certainly, if any of your people have any desire to move up into management, mentoring a new employee is good practice for skills they’ll need in the future. Likewise your best “buddies” may want to pursue opportunities as in-house-trainers or HR specialists. Or they may themselves want to learn from new team members with different skills, experiences or backgrounds. Let people know the ways in which mentoring new people can be a part of career development.

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